Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review: Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky
By: Stacey Lee
ISBN-10: 0399168036
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Samantha and Annamae are both running from the law: Samantha because she killed a man, and Annamae because she’s a runaway slave. The girls decide the best thing to do is stick together until they can make it to California, where they’ll be free, and to make their Chinese and African identities less conspicuous, they disguise themselves as boys.

It includes:

• Minor profanity (d*mn, h*ll, nuts, wh*re, and racial insults)
• Attempted rape
• Violence (a couple murders, shooting, injuries, and violent deaths)
• Kissing
• Coming upon two people making out heavily
• Vague references to past sexual activity
• Nudity (three cowboys strip down and sing “Yankee Doodle;” the scene is meant to be humorous)
• People drink wine; one of the main characters also gets drunk after drinking hard cider

Under a Painted Sky wonderfully portrays humor, adventure, and the unfair treatment toward people of color in the 1800’s.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Upcoming Release: Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega, book 5), By Patricia Briggs

The fifth Alpha & Omega book is set to release March 6th 2018! Pre-order is already available for Hardback, Kindle and Audio!

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Book Review: Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6), by Kevin Hearne

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 6)
By: Kevin Hearne
ISBN: 0345533631
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When objections to Atticus treatment of Bacchus take a lethal turn, Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon find themselves in a hazardous sprint across Europe. With goddesses giving chase and vampires, dark elves, and mortals laying in wait, it hardly seems to matter that someone in Tir na nOg also wants them dead.

Hunted is a fast paced, cohesive, plot driven story, with a much more linear progression than seen in Trapped (book 5). It introduces a second point if view character (Granuaile), who has a nicely distinct voice from Atticus. Readers will find that there are a couple unexpected turns throughout and an interesting ending that will likely leave fans of the series searching for book seven, Shattered.

Hunted is an adult urban/paranormal fantasy that includes:
  • Profanity: F word, b*tch, sh*t, *ss
  • References to an erection
  • Kissing
  • Injuries (large variety)
  • References to past sexual encounters
  • Killing
  • Flashing
  • Full male and female nudity
  • Incest mentioned
  • Decapitation & Dismemberment
  • Flesh being eating
  • Dead bodies
  • Torture / torturous death is mentioned
  • Dog humping person's leg and various references to humping
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book Review: Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk, by Liesl Shurtliff

Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk
By: Liesl Shurtliff
ISBN-10: 0385755791
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Jack’s mother has always called him a troublesome boy—but maybe Jack’s adventurous spirit can finally be put to good use when giants fall from the sky and seize his papa right out of the barn. Jack trades his family’s cow for some giant, magical beans that will help him get to the giant world where he is determined to retrieve his papa.

Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk is a middle grade retelling. It includes:

• Violence (a couple fistfights, a bleeding wound, and one giant’s death is rather gruesome)
• The main characters are in constant danger
• References to pranks
• A queen says that her husband does not love her; she also says she wouldn’t care if her father went missing

Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk is a great book to read aloud to kids, and adults will most likely enjoy the sweet and inspirational story, too.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Review: We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up
By: Tommy Wallach
ISBN-10: 1481418777
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An asteroid nicknamed Ardor is plummeting toward Earth with a 66.6% chance of wiping out the entire planet, and four teenagers are left to plan out how they will spend possibly their last few weeks alive together.

It contains:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, *ss, b*tch, slut, screw, p*ssed, b*lls, suck, d*ck, p*ssy, boobs, and c*ck)
• Kissing, making out, discussions about wanting to lose virginity, two vague sex scenes, lewd dancing, one character has had sex many times before, references to an erectile dysfunction, masturbation, and syphilis
• Violence (reference to past attempted suicide, contemplating suicide, fighting, descriptions of blood, descriptions of injuries from a beating, shooting, murder, tear gas, tasering people, and arson)
• Attempted rape
• Lots of underaged drinking
• Smoking cigarettes
• Many references to drugs
• Tattoos
• One character’s parent has cancer

We All Looked Up takes a closeup, realistic look at teenagers and the possibility of a coming apocalypse. I would recommend younger teens skip this book, for there is a lot of inappropriate material all involving teenagers, though older readers should appreciate the angst and grittiness of the novel, and the deep, philosophy-filled writing.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Book Review: Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, Book 1), by Kerstin Gier

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, book 1)
By: Kerstin Gier
ISBN-10: 1627790276
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Liv Silver has always been fascinated by her dreams. From a very young age she’s been able to dream lucidly, but lately she’s been having even stranger dreams about some boys at her new school and a dark, brooding force that is even more dangerous than she realizes.

Dream a Little Dream is a young adult novel and contains:

• Profanity (sh*t, d*mn, bloody h*ll, b*stard, and God)
• Kissing
• References to sex
• Asking someone if they’re a virgin
• Admiring a girl’s legs, innuendo about a guy’s private part
• Violence (cutting hands, drinking blood mixed with wine, calling a demon spirit to life, threatening to slice someone’s throat, performing kung fu, knocking someone unconscious)
• Bullying (nearly shoving someone’s head in a toilet; reference to smashing a girl’s hand in a door)
• Teens drink and get drunk (though the main characters do not)
• References to drugs

Dream a Little Dream is very similar to Ruby Red, the first book in the Precious Stone Trilogy by the same author, though this is paranormal instead of science fiction. The main characters are both clever and sarcastic, and like in Ruby Red, there is a love interest in this book. The ending is mostly satisfying with a slight cliffhanger.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm, Book 3), by Adam Gidwitz

The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm, book 3)
By: Adam Gidwitz
ISBN-10: 0525426159
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Jorinda and Joringel are two siblings who are literally hell-bent—they’re determined to go to the pits of Hell where they will meet the Devil and his grandmother. But will they survive the danger-filled and violent journey?

Readers familiar with this trilogy should already know that these books are extremely gory retellings of the Brother Grimm’s fairytales aimed at middle graders. This book contains the following:

• Vague metaphor of a girl getting her period (Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger and has monthly mood swings)
• Violence (cutting off heads and feet, imprisonment, children are murdered and eaten, though they are later brought back to life)

The Grimm Conclusion is the final book in A Tale Dark & Grimm Trilogy.

More A Tale Dark & Grimm reviews:
Book 1: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Book 2: In a Glass Grimmly

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review: The Tenants of Building 38: An Anthology, by Sophia Olson

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The Tenants of Building 38: An Anthology
Edited by: Sophia Olson
ISBN-10: 1503171388
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In a single apartment building, each tenant has their own story to tell, whether it’s detectives trying to solve mysterious murders, strange, dangerous creatures roaming the night, or young women moving into their new apartment and falling in love with the dashing young man in the room down the hall.

This is a collection of thirty-eight stories by various authors. The genres are widely ranged, though most of the stories contain either a horror or romance aspect, and there are many cameo appearances from characters in different stories.

Altogether the stories contain:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, misusing God’s name, d*mn, h*ll)
• Kissing
• A few of the stories contain graphic, lengthy sex scenes
• Violence (murders, blood coming out of faucets, cannibalism, ghosts and other paranormal creatures, reference to a daughter dying from cancer, hunting dangerous, mythical beasts, reference to committing crimes and being sent to prison, some very gory details)
• Drinking
• Reference to porn and masturbation
• One character is a vampire and drinks people’s blood
• Some frightening instances
• A man cheats on his wife
• A character has an anorexic disorder
• Reference to a kidnapper
• Obsessing over and stalking someone

The Tenants of Building 38 is a cross between the young adult and new adult genre. It should be suitable for older teens and adults to read, and the stories are all enthralling in their own way, though readers should be warned that it does include a lot of inappropriate content.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
ISBN-10: 1250059305
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Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell

Mags has been waiting for a New Year’s kiss from Noel for what feels like forever, but every year he kisses another girl instead of her.

The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link

Each year on Christmas Eve, Miranda sees the same man standing in the snow outside, and every years she tries to visit him, but what Miranda doesn’t know is that there’s a dangerous curse holding him in place.

Angels in the Snow, by Matt De La Pena

Shy is stuck babysitting an out-of-town couple’s cat over Christmas break, so all week long he’s holed up in their apartment with no food. Things are looking quite grim until the girl from the apartment above comes down to visit him, and they end up being just what the other person needs.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me, by Jenny Han

Natalie has a unique job: she works for Santa Clause in the North Pole, along with all of his elves.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins

Marigold is an animator and needs a worker’s voice at a nearby christmas farm for her short film project, but doesn’t know how to go about asking him, so instead she ends up buying a Christmas tree and re-decorating her entire apartment with the help of the worker in question, North . . . and she might even find a new love just in time for the Yuletide holiday.

Your Temporary Santa, by David Levithan

The main character’s boyfriend hatches a plan and asks him to play Santa Claus for Christmas in the hopes of getting his little sister to believe that Santa Claus still exists.

Krampuslauf, by Holly Black

One determined girl plans to throw an unforgettable Christmas party, but a few of the guests who arrive end up being not quite who she expected.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?, by Gayle Forman

Sophie is stuck at a college where she has no friends. On the night of Hanukkah she meets Russell, a friendly stranger and the first person who is truly able to understand her in a while.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire

Vaughn is a troublemaker with a capital T, so he can’t believe he got stuck helping set up a pageant at a church. When nasty weather provides further complications, Vaughn ends up playing the part of Joseph in the pageant while the pastor’s friendly daughter, Gracie, whom Vaughn might have the tiniest crush on, is playing the part of Mary.

Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White

A waitress is stuck with her job at a year-round, Christmas-themed restaurant, but when a new cook arrives in town and starts working at the restaurant, he might be her key to happiness.

Star of Bethlehem, by Ally Carter

Lydia swaps places with a girl at an airport and ends up being sent to a strange country, where her “boyfriend” and his family are waiting to meet her.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

Neve is betrothed to the stern preacher of the village, but when she begins receiving courting gifts from someone else, she somehow knows that she’s woke the Dreamer and he is the right man for her, even though he may not be entirely human.

This fun, romantic, holiday-themed anthology contains stories from twelve different authors that will give you the warm-and-fuzzies and make you want to read it with a cup of hot cocoa. The stories are all unique, and span many genres, from contemporary to paranormal, so you may enjoy some more than others.

The stories contain:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Kissing
• Physical attraction
• References to pranking and vandalizing property
• Holding someone prisoner
• A couple from one story is homosexual
• A preacher acts aggressively toward a female whom he wants to marry
• Drinking

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1), by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, book 1)
By: J. K. Rowling
ISBN-10: 3348312193
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Harry Potter finds out that he is a wizard and is taken from his relatives’ horrible home to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry. When Harry realizes something is amiss at the school, it’s up to him and his new friends, Hermione and Ron, to sort out all the suspicious, magical grownups, including some of their schoolteachers, to find which one of them is guilty.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a middle grade fantasy novel. It contains:

• Minor profanity (one use of d*mn)
• Violence (scary magical creatures chase the main characters, a unicorn was murdered and is bloody, fighting a troll, a plant nearly squeezes the life out of Harry and his friends, a death, a friendly ghost named Nearly Headless Nick shows children that his neck is nearly decapitated, references to parents’ deaths)
• Adults drink

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in a hugely popular fantasy series. The plot and characters are engaging, and the storyline is full of magic.

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